If you are visiting Tokyo or have friends taking a trip I'd highly recommend Andy's. Visit early on in your trip - as you will probably want to come back !!
If you are given a seat at a sharing table, don't be upset, we have had some great conversations with people we have met in here. After a few sakes the locals relax and I can almost guarantee a fabulous evening and great memories.
Andy's Shin-Hinomoto. 03-3214-8021 Website
We were introduced to Andy's by some of my husband's colleagues and we have been back every time we visit Tokyo. We've taken friends and relatives there and everyone loves it.
Its easy to find under the tracks of the JR line, close to Hibiya Metro station and staggering distance from the Peninsula. Inside its low arched ceiling that rattles with every train that runs overhead adds to the overall atmosphere.
The crowd is VERY mixed. There are tourists who have heard about Andy's and cleverly managed to get a reservation, and there are business man who have come straight from the office sharing tables with groups of young Japanese out for the evening with friends. Some people come for the food and move on after dinner, many come for the evening and eat several sharing plates to absorb the large draft beers and bottles of sake. Whatever brings you to Andy's the atmosphere and friendly service will ensure yo come back again and again. A menu in English and English speaking staff is also a bonus as after a week of having mostly no idea what I have been eating its quite refreshing !!
We almost always pre-order snow crabs. These are enormous and the meat is incredibly moist. So much easier to eat than the regular crabs and their fiddly legs and served with a light vinegar dip they are perfect accompaniment to a nice sake. For those who don't like fish - there are plenty of other options on the menu. Steak with garlic and fried chicken were favourites of one or our guests. I personally love their sashimi platter. The last one we had contained the most delicious swordfish I have ever eaten.
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